Sunshine and autumn colours in Canberra on Tuesday.
How is ANOTHER month over?!
Autumn in Canberra (this was taken mid-week).
Happy Mother’s Day to people in Australia and other countries where it is celebrated this weekend.
What a weird week. Since I posted last Sunday, a hundred crazy things have happened.
It started with the crazy car accident that nearly took us out at the end of last weekend (that’s not my picture – I wouldn’t have done that when we were busy pulling people from cars).
Which was followed by the #rebelliongate trademark drama.
There was a truly horrific crime in Western Australia, where a grandfather murdered three generations of his family on a rural property. Some men’s groups responded by expressing sympathy FOR HIM.
Then there was another terror attack in Paris. For me, the scary thing about this one is I’ve stayed right in that spot four times, sometimes for months at a time.
Today there is a major military memorial event here in Canberra, but the weather has finally turned to autumn. We went from wearing summer dresses outside in the sun on Wednesday, to snow in the national park near us on Friday. I hope it doesn’t rain for this event! (Update: it was all blue skies and sunshine!)
I also blogged about a reread of Tammara Webber’s Breakable.
And posted some Star Wars book craft for the upcoming anniversary of the premiere that took place in the 1970s.
Autumn leaves and blue skies in Canberra during our current heatwave.
This week feels more like a month! I started it in Broulee on the New South Wales South Coast, spent most of it in the bizarre autumn heatwave that has hit Canberra, watched more than my share of the Commonwealth Games that started mid-week, and now it’s Ukrainian Easter!
I have a number of review books – and a few books I bought for myself – that I thought I’d be finished and have reviewed by now, but I’m really behind. What might have been a relaxing beach holiday with my family turned into lots of kilometres-long walks along coasts and around rocky headlands, visits to lots of Victorian towns, visits to beaches I went to as a kid in the 1980s, and lunches and dinners out at both pubs and fancy restaurants! I walked along a lot of beaches, but never even sat on the sand once!
Today is A Big Day for Ukrainians. The Easter basket and the traditional foods have more significance than Christmas, and if you are in Ukraine around this time of year (as I’ve been a few times), people will continue to wish you “Христос воскрес!” – (Khrystos Voskres! – “Christ is Risen!” – “Happy Easter”) for many weeks after the holiday is over.
Blue skies and sunshine for Canberra in autumn.
Another week, another lot of world news on repeat (Russian assassinations, American mass shootings, more political drama). It’s a long weekend here, with summer temperatures in the thirties predicted at least until next weekend. Yesterday was spent at the lake, and at some point this weekend we’re planning to finally get to the Special Forces exhibition at the Australian War Memorial.
At some point I have to get more reading done. I’m so behind with my review books!
Driving past Australian Parliament on Saturday afternoon (taken from the back seat of the car). Canberra’s winter has a lot of sunshine!
First day of winter in Canberra.
A colourful last day of autumn on Wednesday.
Above is our neighbour’s ancient, blind, deaf cat this week. For some reason she has just now (at nearly nineteen years of age – in her nineties as a human) decided to move into our house. The problem is, her blindness means she often misses our back door and instead sits there and stares at the brick wall! We had to put a mat out for her because she sits there for hours…
In five days I went from frightening her at every turn, to patting her for the first time, to – on Friday – having her walk into the house, climb on top of me, and settle in for the evening. I felt a bit triumphant to gain the trust of such an unlikely cat.
We began winter with some gorgeous weather, but I’m terrified it’s already June!
So much – not all of it good, some of it hilarious – happened this week.
UPDATE: Yet another terror attack in Britain. 😦 😦
Yesterday Russia deployed 60 000 MORE troops to Crimea. Something else for everyone to ignore. People talk about how bad it was people ignored Hitler, but when Hitler started wars, the world started reacting. Putin has been invading countries for a decade now.
My cousin’s house burnt down – I kid you not. It made the news, and because it’s in the country and he was in Sydney it makes it all so much more difficult to deal with.
The ridiculous thing is that he was renting it out, and the renters basically blew it up by putting embers in a bin near the gas and electricity. However, there aren’t many laws protecting landlords from their tenants’ idiotic behaviour, so this is going to be costly for the innocent party in this mess.
Olivia Newton-John announced she has cancer again. My mother did costume work for one of her tours a few years ago, and apparently she is one of the most genuine, normal, nice celebrities behind the scenes.